Skip to main content Skip to main navigation Skip to footer content

Department of English

Subject Matter Program

The State of California requires prospective teachers to establish Subject Matter Competency before they can be granted a Single-Subject Credential to teach secondary English Language Arts.

Fresno State's B.A. degree in English Studies, together with grade requirements and a final portfolio process, is a California state-approved Subject Matter Program for students wishing to teach English in California middle schools and high schools, grades 7 through 12.

Students who have already attained any Bachelor of Arts degree in any major and wish to establish Subject Matter Competency in English — but do not want to take any more classes — can establish Subject Matter Competency by passing the CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers) in English.